I follow Suzannah’s blog, Write it Sideways, a blog about writing tips and sharpening one’s writing approach—check her out! Now she’s done it, Suzannah inspired me to take the NaNoWriMo challenge (National Novel Writing Month).
50,000 words and a great story
30 days (November 1 to November 30)
Per the NaNoWriMo website: “All winners will get an official ‘Winner’ web badge and a PDF Winner’s Certificate. The real prize in NaNoWriMo is the manuscript itself, and the exhilarating feeling of setting an ambitious creative goal and nailing it.”
Read the FAQs.
Writing 1,666 words/day and with occasional blog posts about my progress.
I know I’ll be leaving to visit family the last week of November, so make that 2,174 words/day. Eep!
Why am I doing this?
I want to torture myself. Well, not really. It is not torture or I wouldn’t be doing it.
I’m taking the challenge because I think I need to take my writing in a different direction.
I need to start taking risks.
I need to stop over-thinking!
To be honest, maybe growing up as a type-A overachiever has crippled me in certain aspects—particularly, my writing. I’m too worked up about not being good enough, or my writing not being the most awesome writing in the world, or about my stories not being perfection. I’m stopping my brain chatter once and for all!
I am fully aware that what I write may be complete and utter garbage, but it will be a start. I think a deadline will help. Plus, I’m upping the ante by telling all of you. Yiikes!
Do you have any advice while I prep for “go” day? Other than a loose outline, it is against the rules to write in advance. How would you approach this? Am I crazy? Help!
Stay tuned to watch me sweat. T minus 19 days to the start line!
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